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Tech Trends in the Health Industry
Advanced remote services, customized prescription drugs, and self-diagnostic systems are three examples of tech trends in the health industry. Here we take a look at them in more detail.
On March 7th, 1929, Alexander Fleming discovered the antibacterial properties of a specific fungus. It gave birth to penicillin, one of the greatest medical discoveries in history. He couldn’t have done it without a microscope, a machine created by an engineer, not a doctor.
This is one of many examples detailing the relationship between technology and medicine. Let us look at other ones.
Advanced Remote Services
Do you remember when you were a child, and the family doctor would visit you every time you had a fever? Those were the good times, weren’t they? Mom was always there to take care of us, and the physician would more often than not give us a signed medical note so that we could skip school the next day. The only time we had to get up and visit a clinic was when the problem was in our teeth, and we had to visit the dentist.
Well, as they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The concept of convenience in medical care is as important now as it was back then, even more so. The reason is a straightforward one. We are in the middle of covid-19, a global pandemic the likes of which our generation has never seen.
But the mechanisms involved in providing us with this convenience are very different. The doctor no longer has to visit our house, but he can still provide the same service level. He doesn’t even have to be in the same city or country. This can be done from anywhere in the world.
It is possible due to never-before-seen advances in medical technology. For patients, this means having access to the best care at the most affordable price. For physicians and other medical practitioners, it represents working hand in hand with telemedicine enterprises providing the latest software-based solutions for appointments, payments, electronic health records, and detailed patient databases.
Customized Prescription Drugs
The 1987 American science fiction comedy Innerspace details a secret miniaturization project. A volunteer enters a submersible pod, and they are both shrunk to microscopic size. The pod is then transferred into a syringe, which is later injected into a human being.
As ridiculous and far-fetched as this might seem, it is not too far away from the truth. Of course, human beings cannot be shrunk, let alone injected into a living creature. Even so, advances in nanotechnology as it relates to medicine will soon allow for the customization of prescription drugs.
For example, a patient suffering from pancreatic or lung cancer, two of the deadliest types of malignant worldwide. In America alone, almost two hundred thousand people die every year from one of these illnesses.
Common medical practice suggests treating these diseases through a combination of powerful drugs and chemotherapy. The purpose of this blend is to create a weapon with the sole aim of destroying cancer cells. Although it is a good strategy, it doesn’t come without its fair share of disadvantages.
The biggest one of them is the fact that chemotherapy can only be partially localized. It burns everything it finds, not only bad cells but also good ones.
But what if the drugs were so small and so advanced that it could target cancerous cells with pinpoint accuracy? What if, along with that, they could re-purpose themselves and adjust based on the patient’s current medical condition? The result would be a much more efficient treatment without any of the crippling side effects.
The Novio Sense is a machine created by a Dutch company of the same name that can measure blood glucose without being in contact with any amount of blood. In essence, there is no pricking of your finger or any other physical part of your body. Instead, it uses sensors to acquire and send measurements to your smartphone.
And it is not the only one. There are plenty of other personal healthcare monitors and devices currently available in the market. Aside from measuring blood glucose, they can track your body’s heartbeat, the condition of your lungs and liver, and even take a hospital-grade-level electrocardiogram. The ECG can then be sent as an attachment via email to your trusted medical practitioner.
Sounds groovy, doesn’t it? Instead of having to book an appointment, wait for it, and then visit the doctor to determine whether there is something wrong with your brain, you can do this at home. And you can do it quickly in a safe and comfortable environment.
Another benefit is the processing of results. Disease won’t wait until you are ready to go into treatment. It doesn’t discriminate based on gender, social status, age, or financial standing. It will attack when it wants to, no matter the situation. Imagine how many lives could be saved if it could be caught before irreparable damage is done? What if these preventative measures could stop it altogether?
Advanced remote services, customized prescription drugs, and self-diagnostics are examples of how technology changes the medical industry. One can only wonder what the future might bring. Who knows, maybe we will even start venturing into the realm of immortality.